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Kia refreshed its small-segment sedan contender, the Forte.

When Chevrolet and Ford axed most of their lower-priced sedans, the Korean carmaker charged ahead and brought premium features in a class where the price was the most critical selling point.

The Korean carmaker introduced the facelift for the Forte's third generation in 2020 for the 2022 model year. Even though it was during the world pandemic situation, Kia tried to keep its promises to its clients. With a refreshed front fascia that featured narrower headlights, with an option for LED foglights, depending on the trim level. Also, it included redesigned LED taillights. The carmaker added new light-alloy wheels with 16" and 17" sizes for the drivetrain, depending on the trim level.

Inside, all versions received a new TFT instrument cluster that replaced the analog-dial system featured on the 2018 model year. An 8" or 10.25" touchscreen was installed on top of the center stack, depending on the trim level. Kia also offered a Harman Kardon sound system, usually found in premium vehicles. Kia added a set of leather-wrapped front bucket seats with red logos embroidered on the seatbacks for the newly introduced GT trim level.

All Forte versions came fitted with six standard ADAS (Advanced Driving Assistant Systems) and up to 15 available as an option for the safety department.

Under the hood, the carmaker offered the Forte with a choice of two engines, which provided 147 hp and 201 hp, respectively. A six-speed manual was fitted as standard, while a seven-speed automatic (dual-clutch) was available as an option.

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KIA Forte 2021 - Present
  3 gasoline engines
  • 2.0L 6MT (147 HP)
  • 2.0L 7AT (147 HP)
  • GT 1.6L GDI 7AT (201 HP)

KIA Forte 2.0L 6MT (147 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.0L 6MT (147 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1999 cm3
Power
108.1 KW @ 6200 RPM
147 HP @ 6200 RPM
145 BHP @ 6200 RPM
Torque
132 lb-ft @ 4500 RPM
179 Nm @ 4500 RPM
Fuel System
Multi-port injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
14 gallons (53.0 L)
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
6-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Solid Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
P195/65 R15
DIMENSIONS
Length
182.7 in (4641 mm)
Width
70.9 in (1801 mm)
Height
56.5 in (1435 mm)
Front/rear Track
61.5/61.9 in (1,562/1,572 mm)
Wheelbase
106.3 in (2700 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.3 in (135 mm)
Turning circle (curb to curb)
34.8 ft (10.6 m)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2769 lbs (1256 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3792 lbs (1720 kg)

KIA Forte 2.0L 7AT (147 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.0L 7AT (147 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1999 cm3
Power
108.1 KW @ 6200 RPM
147 HP @ 6200 RPM
145 BHP @ 6200 RPM
Torque
132 lb-ft @ 4500 RPM
179 Nm @ 4500 RPM
Fuel System
Multi-port injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
14 gallons (53.0 L)
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
7-speed automatic DCT
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Solid Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
P195/65 R15
DIMENSIONS
Length
182.7 in (4641 mm)
Width
70.9 in (1801 mm)
Height
56.5 in (1435 mm)
Front/rear Track
61.5/61.9 in (1,562/1,572 mm)
Wheelbase
106.3 in (2700 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.3 in (135 mm)
Turning circle (curb to curb)
34.8 ft (10.6 m)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2908 lbs (1319 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3792 lbs (1720 kg)

KIA Forte GT 1.6L GDI 7AT (201 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  GT 1.6L GDI 7AT (201 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1591 cm3
Power
147.8 KW @ 6000 RPM
201 HP @ 6000 RPM
198 BHP @ 6000 RPM
Torque
195 lb-ft @ 1500-4500 RPM
264 Nm @ 1500-4500 RPM
Fuel System
Turbocharged Direct Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
14 gallons (53.0 L)
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
7-speed automatic DCT
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Solid Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
P225/40 R18
DIMENSIONS
Length
182.7 in (4641 mm)
Width
70.9 in (1801 mm)
Height
56.5 in (1435 mm)
Front/rear Track
61.5/61.9 in (1,562/1,572 mm)
Wheelbase
106.3 in (2700 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.3 in (135 mm)
Turning circle (curb to curb)
34.8 ft (10.6 m)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3012 lbs (1366 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3968 lbs (1800 kg)
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